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Roman Polanski Breaks Silence: US Wants 'To Serve Me on a Platter'

Roman Polanski says he can "no longer remain silent," regarding the attempt to extradite him back to the United States where he has been a fugitive for the past three decades.

"I can no longer remain silent because the United States continues to demand my extradition more to serve me on a platter to the media of the world than to pronounce a judgment concerning which an agreement was reached 33 years ago," Polanski says in a statement, which was released in multiple languages.

"I have had my share of dramas and joys, as we all have, and I am not going to try to ask you to pity my lot in life. I ask only to be treated fairly like anyone else."

"It is true: 33 years ago I pleaded guilty, and I served time at the prison for common law crimes at Chino, not in a VIP prison. That period was to have covered the totality of my sentence."

"By the time I left prison, the judge had changed his mind and claimed that the time served at Chino did not fulfill the entire sentence, and it is this reversal that justified my leaving the United States."

Swiss authorities are trying to decide whether to extradite Polanski to Los Angeles for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

Polanski, notes that the deputy district attorney who was responsible for prosecuting the case in 1977 has backed up this version of events, complains that Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, "who is handling this case and has requested the extradition, is himself campaigning for election and needs media publicity!"

The director's lawyers have argued that unsealing transcripts of Gunson's secret testimony would show the extradition request is based on false and incomplete statements by the Los Angeles district attorney's office.

"I can remain silent no longer because I have been placed under house arrest in Gstaad," writes Polanski, "and because I am far from my family and unable to work."

Polanski was arrested seven months ago as he arrived in Zurich to receive a lifetime achievement award at a film festival.

May 3, 2010 |

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